BYD has secured an order to supply 100 new generation 12-metre eBuses to Egged, Israel’s primary public transport operator.

The order for 100 BYD eBuses represents the majority share of Israel’s largest ever electric bus tender, totalling 200 vehicles and is an initiative supported by the country’s Public Transport Authority.

It is also the largest order for BYD eBuses in Israel to date, with the new vehicles operating in the city of Haifa.

The order comes as part of Egged’s initiative to expand its fleet of zero-emissions buses with the support of Israel’s Public Transport Authority and the Ministry for Environmental Protection.

Egged has been a customer of BYD since 2017 and has 24 BYD eBuses in its fleet currently operating in Haifa and Jerusalem. The new eBuses are due for delivery before the end of 2022.

Across Israel, there are currently 37 BYD electric buses in operation in Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Modin and the Sharon area, which combined, have covered 5m electric kilometres, cutting more than 5,000 tonnes of COemissions, notes BYD.

“This is an important moment for the people of Israel and public transportation in our country,” said Egged Procurement Division director, Nir Landau.

“It is a clear signal of our commitment to transitioning to zero-emission transportation for a better environment for Israeli residents.”

The pure-electric eBuses on order for Israel are powered by the BYD Iron-Phosphate Battery technology with increased energy density for longer driving range, as well as extended battery life.

The 422 KWh battery delivers a driving range of more than 400km on a single charge in SORT conditions.